Friends of the Congo works with women in rural Congo. It is widely reported that the quarter century-long conflict has been fought on the backs and bellies of Congolese women. Hundreds of thousands of women have been systematically raped as a weapon of war. Congolese women face herculean challenges navigating widespread conflict and insecurity, growing food, raising and providing education for their children and maintaining a household.

The main work we undertake with women in the Congo is centered on agriculture. Women farmers in Lumata DR Congo grow the Atemisisa medicinal plant, which is used to fight against malaria. The women grow, harvest, process and package the plant into tea that is sold inside and outside of the Congo. The returns from the sale of the tea is in the development and maintenance of maternity clinics in the Lumata area.

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